Denver Legal Night – August 16, 2016

Tuesday - 5:30pm - 7:00pm I will be assisting the Colorado Lawyers Committee's "Denver Legal Night" on 8/16/16 with U.S. immigration law questions.  Denver Legal Night is an open house where volunteer attorneys provide free legal and referral information to people who cannot afford legal services in all areas of law.  If you know of [...]

August 11th, 2016|News|

Provisional Waiver Expansion

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a rule that expanded eligibility for the I-601A provisional waiver application.  It will be effective August 29, 2016. The provisional waiver process individuals inside the U.S. to file a waiver with USCIS prior to leaving the U.S.  If approved, the waiver is [...]

August 3rd, 2016|News|

I-9 / Immigration Penalties Increase August 2016

Immigration-related penalties will be increased for inflation effective August 1, 2016.  The new rules apply to violations occurring after November 2, 2015, and assessments issued after August 1, 2016 (previous penalty levels remain for penalties and assessments issued prior to that date). For I-9 paperwork violations, the penalty range will increase to a range between [...]

August 2016 Visa Bulletin Review

The U.S. Department of State’s August 2016 visa bulletin has been published.  Beginning August 1, 2016, EB-1 priority dates move back (“retrogress”) for: EB-1 – retrogresses to January 1, 2010, for nationals of India and China. The EB-1 category includes: (1) aliens of extraordinary ability, (2) outstanding professors or researchers, and (3) multinational managers and [...]

July 27th, 2016|E-1 & E-2 Treaty Investors, News|

A Follow-Up to the DACA / DAPA US Supreme Court Ruling in U.S. v. Texas

On June 23, 2016, the US Supreme Court had a 4-4 deadlock in U.S. v. Texas. This means that the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA+) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) remains blocked. The ruling does not directly impact the original DACA program launched in 2012. [...]

June 27th, 2016|Family-Based U.S. Immigration, News|

2017 Diversity Lottery (“Green Card” Lottery) Opens

2017 Diversity Lottery (“Green Card” Lottery) Opens The US Department of State (DOS) has announced that registration for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery (DV-2017) opened on October 1 and will close on November 3. 50,000 DV visa numbers are available for those lucky enough to qualify and be chosen. Non-eligible DV countries for 2017: [...]

October 7th, 2015|News|

Schunk Law Firm Update – Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of Status (DOS) published an updated October 2015 Visa Bulletin on September 25, 2015. The updated visa bulletin rolls back the "Dates for Filing" for several visa categories and it supersedes the previous Visa Bulletin for October, which was published on September 9, 2015. The visa categories affected are: EB-2 China & [...]

September 30th, 2015|News|

Schunk Law Firm Immigration UPDATE

USCIS Expands Efforts to Highlight Citizenship and Immigrant Integration Initiatives Aim to Support Aspiring Citizens and Improve Customer Service On September 17, 2015, USCIS (www.uscis.gov) announced an update on how they will promote and increase access to naturalization for eligible lawful permanent residents (LPRs).  Green card holders who meet all eligibility requirements may apply for [...]

September 29th, 2015|News|

Schunk Law Firm P.C. Immigration Alert

Schunk Law Firm P.C. Immigration Alert: Changes to October 2015 Visa Bulletin On September 9, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) and USCIS announced new procedures for individuals in family-based and employment-based immigrant visa backlogs to start their immigrant visa paperwork or apply for adjustment of status prior to their priority date being current. Beginning [...]

September 17th, 2015|News|